Monday, 17 September 2018

A week in Brisbane

Spring has arrived in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
And with it of course the blustery weather, warmer days, rain,
snow and gales...but also a promise of warmer settled days.

Snowdrops on a fenceline after a rainy day.
My GKB and I had had a holiday in Australia booked for several months before Mum passed away and so a month after her death we winged our way across the Tasman. It was a wonderfully relaxing time. We spent our first week in Brisbane, we had an apartment about 15 minutes walk from the CBD. All downhill.
Coming home we would get a cab.
This was the evening view from our balcony.

Across the road and to the right was a lovely garden and although we had stayed here before with the kids, strolling around gardens is not something they really want to do - they tend to like something a little more exciting, like theme parks :) We hadn't intended to spend time there this morning either, were just taking a shortcut but it was so tranquil and relaxing we spent most of the morning there.

We came across this little train while we were there and decided to go for a ride. A gold coin donation for the garden tour, about a twenty minutes ride. Fun. When it stopped we were just a hundred metres from a lovely tearooms/coffee shop and it was lunch time. A nice way to spend the morning.
Below, a garden view.

One day we went to Southbank, across the river from the CBD, and met up with our niece, Amanda. We also met her two wee daughters for the first time. Last time we saw Amanda she was only about their age, her parents had moved to Aussie and she had just started school. Southbank is a lovely place for a day out, food outlets, river rides, ferris wheel and a children's playground. Another relaxing day out and so good to see the littlies enjoying themselves. Below is a little portion of Southbank.


We also decided to go to Australia Zoo, founded by Steve Irwin.
We enjoyed our day here as well and of course we went to watch the crocodile show which we thoroughly enjoyed. There was a performance with native birds as well, trained to fly from certain places and put on a bit of a show and I have to admit I actually enjoyed the birds more than the crocodiles, but don't tell anyone.

Of course being a zoo there were heaps of animals, kangaroos, koalas, dingos for example but I was disappointed that the camels were gone, still have never seen one. I loved the rhino family lined up snoozing in the sun though :) Don't they look great? Daddy, mummy and baby bear, oops I mean rhino.

It was a long day though and I have to admit that we were pleased to see the bus arrive to take us all back to Brisbane. We'd been on the go for ten hours by the time we got back to the apartment.

And here we are, finally on our flight north to Mackay where we caught up with sisters, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Oh and a contingent of Kiwis all escaping the cold southern winter :)
My thoughts and prayers are with the folk in the Carolina's and other states that may be affected by hurricane Florence. Also with you in the Philipines and China. Such heartbreaking devastation is being endured by so many. Kia kaha - stand strong.


  1. So glad that you had a nice has been a hard time losing your little mother I am sure. We are at Gulf Shores this week, enjoying our annual week at the beach. It is still quite hot here in the South but that is the norm. It starts to cool off in October. Hope all is well with you and your family Diana.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful vacation. You have such interesting places to visit there. Thank you for taking us along for a little bit of your journeys. I know it is hard losing your MUM, but I am sure she would have been happy for you to be able to take this trip and just relax a bit. Spring, you say? Hmmm. We are just getting into autumn here...which, in Florida doesn't mean quite as much as it does in other parts of the states, but we are looking forward to some cooler weather sometime soon. Take care of yourselves and stay in touch with us! Always a delight to hear from you.

  3. Sure sounds like a great holiday.
    Like the snowdrops along the fence.

  4. This is very nice.. you got a beautiful vacation..

  5. Diana, I am just catching up on your news. I care about your recent losses of loved ones, and especially appreciate your loving remembrances of your dear mum. The outfit you showed that she made is stunning! So glad you have had good travels and are enjoying warmer weather. Our very hot summer seems to have worn itself out so that I actually turned on the heater this morning :) Praying for comfort for you and yours in your losses and praying for strength and protection for those in harms way of the storms.

  6. Now that Spring is here I hope you enjoy some warmer days. Spring blossom is beautiful. I'm glad you were able to take the trip over to Brisbane and Mackay and meet up with your family. I had a look at a map to see places in Australia that I'm not familiar with. I have an Aunt in Adelaide and we write regularly and Facebook cousins so know something about the cities that all look very pleasant. I'm pleased you had a relaxing trip and continue to remember you and your family in my prayers.

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